Aki Takes A Break

I’m working this week so Aki gets to concentrate on important things — keeping the yard cat free and flirting with Ravens (who feign indifference).

No adventures for either of us until Saturday


5 thoughts on “Aki Takes A Break

  1. monpig

    Having dicovered your beautiful photographic landscape blog, I am curious to understand the Ravens in this post, what thoughts or dicoveries you have had?

  2. Dan Branch Post author

    In Southeast Alaska ravens are our local characters. We have to secure our trash cans or they will have the lids off and the contents scattered on the ground. They mimic sounds, like those made by cats or even machines. In our neighbor they like to taunt the crows and eagles. One even led me to a deer while I was hunting. Sometimes they present us with puzzles like the tracks on the lake I described in yesterday’s blog. One of two of them landed in the middle of the lake then walked about for a bit and flew away leaving an island of tracks on an otherwise trackless space.

    1. monpig

      Thank you for you swift reply to my question concerning the Ravens, who seem to be as i thought a very knowing kind. I was surprised to hear that you hunt, as this does not come across in your blog, if anything you share the wonders and love of the aliveness of the place in which you reside. Personally i dont understand hunting, all i can say is i can see that if the animal is respected before and after the killing and killed for food or fur that is only reqired, and that the animal spirits are okay with this, this then opens my mind more to learning, yet, i still cannot grasp the the hunt, if its not for survival, may be you have strong
      thoughts about this action.

  3. Dan Branch Post author

    I don’t hunt any more but I understand why people do. We lived for many years in Western Alaska where hunting was a matter of subsistence and therefore survival for the Yupik people who lived there. They carefully followed rules as to how to hunt, share the catch, and even avoid certain thoughts so that the animals would give themselves to them. Here in the rainforest it can bring peace to the respectful hunter who moves
    slowly through the forest concentrating on making no noise while watching for the deer as well as sometimes grumpy Brown Bears. Perhaps I found it so peaceful because I never actually shot at a deer. (Bad or Good Luck I am not sure which). Fellow Alaskan Richard Nelson wrote a good book on the subject called, “Deer Hunting in America.” You might like it. His book “Island Within” is even better.

  4. monpig

    Your response has given me more of a sense to this action. You understand why others hunt, is this only for the subsistence that you share?
    I guess you have gained deep knowledge through living in, with and from the land with the Yupik people?
    Thank you kindly for the reading material shared.


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